Organisers for Glade Festival confirmed they’ve found a new fully licensed venue for this year’s event just days after they were unceremoniously dumped by the authorities in control of their previous site Mansion House, Biggleswade.

Announcing the unexpected change, Glade organizer Anselm Guise said the new venue Houghton Hall, in Norfolk is ‘far superior’ set in beautiful, privately owned beautiful parkland laid out in the 1720’s’ though admitted he was shocked when he returned from vacation to hear of Mansion House’s move.

“Last week I got back to work having taken some time off to get married the weekend before, to find that the proverbial had hit the fan. We lost our site last week,” said Anselm

“The trustees at the Mansion House decided that they didn’t want the event after all, despite contracts signed and deposits paid. The new Glade team decided not to tell me so that it wouldn’t ruin my big day and what they have done, amazingly, is manage to miraculously find another venue,” he added.

Chatting to Skrufff this week, Anselm said Lord Cholmondeley, who owns Houghton Hall, is fully supportive of Glade and said Houghton Hall already has full licensing permission for Glade which will take place as planned between June 10 and 12. He also said Mansion House provided no explanation at all for cancelling adding ‘We are considering our options at the moment and for legal reasons can't comment.’

“Why do I think Glade attracts such negativity? It's that 'rave' stigma and the fact that we are small and independent and can't afford to throw money at the problem,” Anselm continued, “We of course don't consider ourselves a rave. We’re a proper British festival with electronic music, theatre, performance and tons of art.”

“In this country it is increasingly becoming harder to do any kind of small event with an edge,” he added.

:”We think our edge is colourful and full of energy, love and life. It doesn't get much better than dancing in the sunshine with friends surrounded by beautiful things and to great music. Our new landowner, finally, appreciates this. And we know that when the Glade happens this summer people will see . . .” (Glade takes place between June 10 and June 12)

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